An amazing, amazing book. I would say one of the best sci-fi books ever. A fascinating story that pulls you in and holds you tight. Also an interesting discussion of manipulating people and of gaining power. I would highly recomend this book to anyone who even mildly enjoys sci-fi, and maybe even those who do not. I would also recomend the books that come after this, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. These go in a different direction than Ender's Game, and many people do not enjoy them as much, but I found them to be just as interesting, if for diferent reasons.
I loved this book, and I'm happy I discovered it thanks to Audible. I loved Ender from the very beginning, I loved the story, I loved the narrators and the dramatization. Why not 5 stars then? For two reasons: the fact that the Author could have done a better job in defining the other characters (may be that has been left for the other books in the series?) and that the story, at times, was a little bit too predictable. However, a great book and I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the saga.
I had debated to purchase this book at the bookstore, as I did not believe a writer as good as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, or Authur C. Clarke could ever be matched. I am so happy I was wrong.
I had not heard much about this book other than what was in the other reviews here - but I found myself unable to focus on much else in my life until I had listened to this twice. It is a very well written book, surprising as such based on how it came to be (you will be told at the end), and will easily keep you interested. I have gone on with the series and continue to enjoy the writting and would recomend this to anyone needing to get away from reality for a while.
I read this book in Elementry School or Jr High and loved it. I listened to it just a few months ago. Both times I loved it! One of the best books ever writen.
I had numerous friends tell me to read Ender's Game, but never really got around to it. After signing up for Audible I thought I would go ahead and give it a try... wow.
The book itself is truly great - I am not a Sci-fi fan at all, but this story is fantastic. However, that is not what impressed me the most. Don't get me wrong, I am currently planning to acquire at least a few more of Orson Scott Card's books, but it was the narration in this audio book that really blew me away.
I have only listened to a few audio books before this, but none have them have come anywhere near as engrossing as this one (in terms of narration) It is truly spot on in Ender's Game and all the narrators were damn near perfect. An excellent listen!
I was extremely skeptical of this book going into it. A sci-fi book about a child ... but the author constructs a fictional universe that is just plausible enough to draw you in. Then, he paints vivid pictures while providing a compelling and engrossing plot. The story is key here, and it differs from the books that follow in as they tend to focus more on ideas. But nonetheless, you cannot help but get drawn into the author's world and then thirst for more chapters of this interesting and thought-provoking tale.
The publisher uses multiple narrators. At first, I found this disconcerting, but ultimately, the different voices add to the story.
The author's postscript to Ender's Game points out that the novel was originally a much shorter novella which he decided to expand. Big mistake. The book has basically one clever point -- perfect for a novella length treatment, but the treatment Card gives this admittedly clever idea in the book is long, and plodding. Card's postscipt notes that he just decided to have fun and add whatever he wanted to the novella to beef it up. It reads that way -- unplanned and painfully dull. I recommend digging up the novella, wherever that might be, and reading that instead.